Professor David McComb
Professor & Ohio Research Scholar, Materials Science Engineering, Ohio State University
Director of the Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, Ohio State University
David is an expert in the development and application of electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) as a sub-nanometer scale probe of chemistry, structure and bonding.  He has extensive experience in the application of EELS to the study of problems in solid-state chemistry and materials science. In recent years he has focused his attention on developing and implementing approaches to studying organic and molecular systems using these methods. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Materials, and until recently was co-director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology as well as Director of Research and Deputy Head of the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.

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Professor Rik Drummond-Brydson
School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds
Rik coordinates the Materials Characterisation Research group at Leeds including the interdisciplinary Electron Microscopy (LEMAS) Centre, an EPSRC funded external user access (LENNF) facility, and the UK National Electron Microscopy facility ( His research interests focus on applying high spatial resolution characterisation methods (such as microscopies and surface analysis)  to the structural and chemical analysis of engineering materials for functional, environmental and medical applications, with particular interest in nanomaterials (nanoparticles and nanowires/tubes) and  lately soft materials.

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James Owen
Research Scientist –  Zyvex Labs, Richardson, Texas
Zyvex Corporation was founded in 1997 to develop and commercialize Atomically Precise Manufacturing technology. James’s current work involves using scanning tunnelling microscopy and materials growth techniques to build structures on the atomic and nanoscale, and develop control software and hardware to automate these processes. Recent publications include Scalable Patterning of One-Dimensional Dangling Bond Rows on Hydrogenated Si(001), ACS Nano 7, 4422 (2013).

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Paul Gunning
Science Manager – Surface Analysis; New Product Development, Advanced Wound Management
Smith & Nephew, York

Paul worked from 1984-2004 at the BBSRC Institute of Food Research (Norwich) in colloid science and microscopy (LM, EM, AFM), looking at emulsion stabilisation and protein/surfactant systems at air/water and o/w interfaces. He has worked at Smith & Nephew from 2004. Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping improve people’s lives. Paul is currently ‘Science Manager, Surface Analysis’ at the company’s corporate Research Centre leading a cross-disciplinary team using SEM/ED-X, LM, Raman and IR microscopy, X-ray micro-CT, contact angle and (occasionally) AFM. Paul’s and his team provide support of Manufacturing (pseudo-forensic troubleshooting, QA and Regulatory/Safety), R&D and Patents/IP functions, with occasional support of Marketing departments.

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Professor Robert Steinberger-Wilckens
Professor of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Research in Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham
Robert  is director of the research Fuel Cell and Hydrogen group and the Centre for Doctoral Training Fuel Cells and their Fuels, which is run by the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, and Loughborough, Imperial College, and University College of London. He works and has worked in many areas across the fields of renewable energies, energy efficiency, fuel cells, hydrogen production and distribution, as well as electric vehicles. Currently, Robert’s main areas of interest include Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, high temperature electrolysis (SOE) and reversible fuel cells (SOC) with methane synthesis, intermediate temperature polymer fuel cells, and market introduction of fuel cells and fuel cell vehicles.

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Sorin Filip
Expert Research Technologist at BP
Sorin works in the Formulated Products Technology sector of BP and is a BP ICAM Mentor, ensuring that the research at the ICAM’s partner universities stays connected to the immediate and longer term needs of BP. He manages a portfolio of research projects focused on the discovery of fuels and lubricant technologies aimed at improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions in current and future vehicles. He is also a member of the Industry Advisory Council of NOMAD (Novel Materials Discovery) European Centre of Excellence. Prior to BP, he worked in the nuclear, agrochemical and pharmaceutical research in Germany, France, Romania and UK.